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Hey Guys!Great thread. I have read through the first 3 pages, and it seems like everyone has been happy with the mod, if they can get the small bugs worked out.I am posting because I am would like to know if anyone "has or could" take the highsteer arm off at the pitman arm, and try steering the truck with no mechanical linkage?I am not an expert (by any means) when it comes to steering boxes and pumps and whatever. It just seems that there is enough force there to run a 2"x8" ram on its own for at least light duty work. Before it gets brought up, I am completely aware are the safety factor and have no intentions of driving the rig on the street. Thanks for any help I can get.Jake H
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And heres Rick's pics from the same thread showing the work done to the 80 box.Great info Rick. Thanks for letting me add this to my thread. I hope to be borrowing this info as I will be doing a 60 box in the coming months.
That 10mm plug is a pain in the butt. You can tap on the top of the plug gently with a hammer if it is starting to round out. This will tighten the fit with the allen wrench. You can also grind the end of you allen wrench flat so that it sits deeper in the plug. I would then recommend putting all your weight straight down on it while keeping the wrench straight as you turn.Good luck.
I see what you mean. It may take two people. Gently pry on opposit sides with small screw drivers on the treads while some one turns the allen wrench. Pry enough without damaging the threads. If I remember the o ring gets hung up. Just takes some firm but gentle pressure.
I put a few in there with a grease. then I start working the shaft in there. and as the last ball is at the edge of the box I put a new in.
Thanks got my box tapped and everything was good for a couple trails. Then my ram assist tore off the mount on my axle because of my lackluster fab skills. I didnt notice the ram mount broke for two turns and then my steering box blew out on what i think is a release valve ( i believe there was a ball bearing in the whole ) in the picture circled in red. Has anybody seen this and is this something i can fix or should i just grab another box at the junk yard?
I used this thread to do this today. I just got the box saturday (2 days ago)My plan is to buy the high steer arms in the next 2-4 weeks (hopefully) depending on $$ I installed plugs in the holes cuz I wanted the box done before I install it, but it might be several months before I can get the ram, fittings and hoses. When I do get them I will that much more ready. The only problem I had was the threads tapping deep enough... But I think I got it. Great write up "VERY HELPFUL" Without this thread I would have never even tried to tear the box apart. Thank you very much!!!
Most people have a tough time getting enough threads on the top port. You can buy a bottoming tap to get more threads in there. Most places like lowes and homo depot do not sell bottoming taps though. I just bought a second tap and took the grinder to it effectively making my own bottoming tap. I ran my regular tap first and than my home brew bottoming tap second.
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